Am Lohsepark: Central Green Urban District Replaces Industrial Pioneers

An historic industrial and railroad site makes way for a family-oriented residential neighborhood clustered around Lohsepark, HafenCity’s largest green space

Large parts of Lohsepark are already accessible, but the park will be fully opened to all residents and visitors from July 2016. Photo shows the baseball court, already open, with HCU in the background (© Thomas Hampel)

A highly attractive urban space is taking shape in the quarter of Am Lohsepark, at the heart of HafenCity. This quarter has a special significance for the whole of HafenCity and its bordering neighborhoods, not just because of the lush, central Lohsepark, completed in July 2016 with the denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof memorial, but also due to the high school ‘Schulcampus HafenCity,’ which consists of four grammar schools and two district schools.

The starting point for development in the quarter was, to a certain extent, the listed and outstandingly renovated Hildebrandtblock brick ensemble between Lohseplatz and Shanghaiallee, now the headquarters of the privately owned Prototyp automobile museum. Next door and also directly adjacent to Lohsepark, an urban plot consisting of almost 500 rental, social, joint, and privately owned apartments, student residences, social amenities, three daycare centers, and a hotel is currently under construction. The first building was completed at the end of 2015. At the same time, the residential building on the neighboring property to the south is nearing completion. So too is the property next door, with student residential units, private apartments, and a hotel to be completed by the end of 2018.

To the east of the park, the properties will be used by Gruner & Jahr from 2021. The publishing house wishes to construct a new building here for its 2,000 employees from 2019 onwards. In addition, more office spaces will be built here, as well as partially subsidized apartments and exhibition spaces. The already allocated ‘Hotel of the Future’ means that another innovative hotel concept will move into HafenCity. It will be rounded off by exhibition spaces and co-working spaces on the ground floor. However, it is estimated that construction cannot begin until 2021, as a tunnel under the railway line which will cross under the future building must be built first.

An office building will be built on the property to the immediate west of Lohsepark. The ground floor will house a documentation center. In terms of its content and aesthetic, it will directly reference denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof, an impressive monument dedicated to the people deported from Hamburg during WWII.

The Hamburg-based petroleum company Marquard & Bahls moved its new company headquarters (65) to the corner of Shanghaiallee and Koreastrasse in late summer 2016. The three-story city outlook point along Brooktorhafen is not just extraordinary in itself; the retail stores and eateries on the ground floor lend the building its public appeal. Another special feature of the building is its external elevator, which can transport up to 20 people directly to a boat at Brooktorhafen.